Definition of "widespread" []

  • Spread or scattered over a considerable extent: widespread fallout from a nuclear explosion. (adjective)
  • Occurring or accepted widely: a widespread misunderstanding. (adjective)
  • Extending over a wide area (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Accepted by or occurring among many people (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "widespread" in a sentence
  • "Many mid-ranking Afghan officials are similarly frustrated with what they describe as widespread corruption."
  • "Reichbach scolded the department for what he described as a widespread culture of corruption endemic in its drug units, The New York Times reported."
  • "One of the protesters' top demands has been holding the former president accountable for what they call widespread graft and corruption."